RIBA CPD Showcase

Sustainable architecture

The following RIBA-approved CPD materials fall within the RIBA core curriculum topic ‘Sustainable architecture’, which covers the legal and regulatory basis (including primary and secondary legislation) and principles of climate change mitigation and adaptation. It also addresses low carbon and low energy design over the lifespan of a building, with effective client briefing and management. Most materials are available online, but this is not always shown here so, if a seminar is of interest to you, do click on the link and check.
Seminar, by CEMEX UK
A practical guide to specifying more sustainable asphalt, and to identifying how and where alternative materials and concrete components may meet a project’s sustainability objectives. Also discusses developing technologies in this area.

With over 100 years’ experience and 60,000 employees in 50-plus countries, CEMEX is one of the world’s leading suppliers of building materials and surfacing solutions, including ready-mixed concrete, mortar, screeds, aggregates, asphalt, cement, roof tiles, concrete blocks and rail sleepers.

Duration: 30 minutes, plus Q&A
Seminar, by Specwall SP
Explores evolving trends in walling system design and the net energy savings realised from off-site construction and more sustainable material choices. How interior walls are constructed and the implications surrounding fire safety is also discussed alongside the principals of 'designing out waste' to deliver sustainable outcomes.

Specwall is an advanced wall system with in-built insulation, acoustic and fire ratings in the form of lightweight, solid A1- and A2-rated panels which exceed current fire safety regulations and are ready to decorate. The system is water permeable, making it suitable for pre-build, Cat A and Cat B installs, and it is tested and certified to UK and European standards.
Seminar, by Control4
Examines how smart home operating systems can unify your clients’ smart devices to create genuine benefits, enhancing sustainability and wellbeing aspects of their life at home. Also offers guidance on how to collaborate with a smart home integrator to achieve user-friendly automated homes.

Control4 is a leader in smart living technology, providing cutting-edge home automation that can be integrated into the very fabric of clients’ homes. Many different devices and systems in the home can be seamlessly connected and integrated for easy, intuitive operation from one stylish interface.
Online Learning, by Lightwave RF Technology Ltd
This webinar explores the energy saving capabilities of advanced smart home systems, including programmable automations and energy monitoring at device level. This means that energy data from each individual lighting circuit, appliance or heating device can be used to understand consumption behaviour and automate efficient ways to reduce energy wastage.

Lightwave provides modular and scalable smart home solutions to control and monitor lighting, heating, power and security. Its hardware and software is designed, engineered, serviced and supported in the UK, while its products integrate with Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Samsung SmartThings, as well as premium brands such as Control4, ELAN, Savant and RTI.

Duration: one hour, plus Q&A
Online Learning, by Brett Landscaping
The importance of Sustainable Drainage Schemes (SUDS) has become increasingly evident in recent years following changes in planning guidance and anticipated future legislation. This seminar addresses the sustainability criteria of pavement design and sustainable drainage, and permeable paving design and maintenance.

Brett Landscaping takes pride in sharing its expert knowledge on paving with architects, engineers and designers, enabling them to achieve the best looking, most durable and cost-effective paving solutions for their projects. The company offers five RIBA-approved CPD presentations, covering a range of topics.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Seminar, by James Latham
Examines the characteristics and properties of upcycled fibreboards, as well as their advantages when compared with traditional fibreboards. Also explores their specification and application, and the circular economy principles integrated into their manufacture, use and end-of-life disposal.

Established in 1757, James Latham has been importing and distributing timber and wood-based panel products to the UK for more than two and a half centuries. Today, the company is a leader in panel products, hardwood and hardwood flooring, and joinery-quality softwood, and offers what is probably the most comprehensive and varied product range in the market.
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